Watch!! how two friends decided to share Olympic gold in Tokyo (Photo)
Gianmarco Tamberi of Italy and Mutaz Barshim of Qatar agreed to share a gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics on Sunday, in a competition decided by a delicate nod rather by clearing the top height.
The high jumpers were offered the option to settle the tie with a jump-off in a huddle with track officials.
Barshim offered a better suggestion: two golds.
That was conceivable, according to the official.
Tamberi accepted Barshim's nod immediately, slapping his palm and leaping to hug him.
It would be far from the last time the two athletes, who have been friends since 2017, got together to celebrate.
“Coming here, I know for a fact that I deserve that gold for the performance I gave,” Barshim added. “I believe he deserves the gold because he did the same thing. This isn't just about sports. This is the message we want to send to the youth.”
Both high jumpers were flawless until the bar was raised to 2.39m, an Olympic record height (seven feet, 10 inches).
Each had three misses. After that, the rest is history.